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Sarge
02 Feb 2017
07:24:12pm
Hello everybody I've been a fellow philatelist for the past 35 plus years and finally joined this site after lurking for some time. My collecting interests are 19th, century US unused and used, Washington's and Franklin's, BOB and EFO's. Lately I've been focusing my attention on Washington's and Franklin's because I like the challenge of identifying the stamps myself and have the resources to do it.

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ernieinjax
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02 Feb 2017
07:41:49pm
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Hey Sarge, anybody who identifies Washington - Franklins FOR FUN gets mad respect. Welcome aboard

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Winedrinker
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02 Feb 2017
08:53:38pm
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Welcome aboard. 19th Century US is a fine pursuit. I collect there along with Australia and Great Britain, and lately Colonial British Africa. This past year I purchased US #1 and #2 which has been my most flagrant purchase to date. And I have been working on the Franklin and Washington's as well, bit by bit.

Cheers,
ERic


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Sarge
02 Feb 2017
09:31:54pm
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Thank you. It's not really all that hard. Here is a list of the references and tools that I use and own:

a) Scott Specialized Catalog of United States Stamps and Covers in conjunction with everything else that follows.

b) Sonic Imagery Labs: Precision U.S. Specialty Multi Gauge. This gauge is worth its weight in gold and has so many uses it isn't just a fancy perforation gauge.

c) The Scott Identification Guide To U.S. Stamps by Charles N. Micarelli. This book is worth more than its weight in gold it covers U.S. stamps from 1847 to 1934 not just Washingtons and Franklins and best of all it simplifies the information that is already in the catalog.

d) The Scott Specialized Color Guides For The United States Stamps

e) A good water mark fluid. If one can't be found Zippo or Ronsonol Cigarette Lighter fluid works great. It is what I use.

f) A good magnifying lope 10X or better.

g) A really good desk light with a bright white light bulb .

h) Lets not forget the Stanley Gibbons Color Gauge.

These are the tools and references I use most often believe me there are plenty more out there. Its just what works for me.

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bobgggg
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03 Feb 2017
05:35:34am
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Welcome to Stamporama..Sarge Rock On

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angore
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Enjoying the little works of art
03 Feb 2017
06:50:21am
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Welcome...

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vinman
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03 Feb 2017
08:25:40am
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Welcome Sarge!
As Ernie said "anybody who identifies Washington - Franklins FOR FUN gets mad respect"
I don't work with the washing/Franklins too much anymore but another book I use is "The Experts Book" by Paul Schmid.

Vince

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upsguy62
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03 Feb 2017
01:15:57pm
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Welcome to SOR!

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pedroguy
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03 Feb 2017
01:16:23pm
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Welcome to best of the best and THANKS for your service and the helpful insights you've already posted

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Sarge
03 Feb 2017
03:10:02pm
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Thank you for your support it was my pleasure to serve. It's also my pleasure to share any knowledge I have. I was taught any knowledge not shared is knowledge lost.

Thank you for the tip on another publication Vince. I'll check it out during my next visit to Denver and the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library; (RMPL).

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DavidG
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05 Feb 2017
08:51:38am
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Welcome Sarge. I too, identify W-F heads for fun... and all the other early U.S. stamps. I've a 50+ detailed reference library of U.S. philatelic reference books.

Having fun!

David in Ottawa, Canada

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05 Feb 2017
09:10:33am
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Simplest way to ID those maddening Washington/Franklin stamps of 1908-1922...
http://www.stampsmarter.com/features/SQL_Wash_Frank_ID.html

Most of the time you can determine the correct Scott number within 3 steps and in under 1 minute. There is a short video on how to use this 'process of elimination' tool on same page.
Don

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NoernbergStamps
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05 Feb 2017
09:24:41am
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Welcome Sarge!

I went and bought one of those USB microscopes. Indispensable for looking at W/F stamps when identifying plate differences, especially when I have a stack to verify! No more loop or magnifying glass for me except for a quick look-see! I'd recommend it!

Here's the model I bought which works well and has variable LED lighting, but I replaced the stand with a wooden dowel to give me more range so I can fit a whole stamp in the field of view.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CMJ1I08/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

-Doug

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Sarge
05 Feb 2017
12:55:03pm
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I forgot to mention I have a 60x lighted microscope in my arsenal as well. That is a good tip for others to follow I'm on board with it. I just finished identifying about 375 WF's yesterday.I found some goodies the lot of 500 that I'm going through. I'm taking a break to eat some good food and watch the Super Bowl today.


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Bujutsu
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11 Feb 2017
02:14:20pm
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Welcome aboard Sarge. This is a very nice forum with experienced members.

Chimo

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bobstew617
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11 Feb 2017
05:05:57pm
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Hello, Sarge! Welcome to SOR.

BOB S

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Sarge
11 Feb 2017
11:08:29pm
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Thank you gentlemen.

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